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  • what's the future of the Commonwealth Games?

    story now linked on home page suggests things are looking kind of iffy down the road

  • #2
    “the historic display of a once-mighty nation gathering together the countries it lost and finding a way to lose to them once more”

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    • #3
      Without them we wouldn't have, amongst other things, my all-time favorite four-lapper, the 1974 Christchurch showdown with Bayi, Walker, Jipcho & Dixon. That was the first time I'd paid attention to the CWG in realtime (they didn't break through the MLB/NFL/NCAA focus of my previous life). Very inspiring to this then-16-year-old front-running-loving miler . . .

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3BhcZZYTQQ
      Last edited by bad hammy; 10-13-2021, 11:48 PM.

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      • #4
        It's a wonderful track meet with a rich history, but the elements all these nations hold in "common" and the distribution of "wealth" among participants is pretty tenuous... not much glue to hold it together.

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        • #5
          Just the Imperialistic overtones alone should make one think it's persona non grata now.

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          • #6
            The old Commonwealth games up to 1990 were almost like a WC a big deal..the men’s 5000 that year is still a classic.
            But I'm really surprised they are still a thing these days.
            Last edited by Conor Dary; 10-13-2021, 05:55 PM.

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            • #7
              The CG is a "regional" meet of sorts---limited to a select group of nations.
              Just as the Pan Ams and Euros are, as well as the Asian Games, CAC's.

              Question:
              Without the CG, where would Australia & NZ and Canada and other CG nations go in place of the CG??
              GB has an advantage, as they're also part of the Euros!

              Solution:
              Limit these meets to T&F only!
              Let all the other sports worry about their own sport!
              Same with the Olympics---limit it to T&F, and screw all the other sports!
              Would save tons of money!

              LOL

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              • #8
                Originally posted by aaronk View Post
                Limit these meets to T&F only! Let all the other sports worry about their own sport! Same with the Olympics---limit it to T&F, and screw all the other sports!
                LOL
                What's to keep them from cutting T&F and keeping the other sports? T&F has more 'global' opportunities (DL/WCT) than most of the other sports have.

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                • #9
                  The change announced yesterday was that T&F and swimming are the 2 sports that must be provided in future Games. As I understand it, this is to allow potential hosts the flexibility to include more sports that appeal to the locals. I can understand the concerns for sports like netball, lawn bowls and squash that are not in the Olympics and a gold medal at the CGs tends to get more widely noticed than winning their respective World Champs.

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                  • #10
                    I think netball will be a steady feature it is very popular in England and Australia...far more than women's basketball.

                    I like bowls...

                    I think if they keep it to a minimum it could survive....just use current facilities.

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                    • #11
                      My cousin has officiated at the World Indoor bowls champs and at the last Commonwealths in Australia in 2018.

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                      • #12
                        No love for cornhole?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by aaronk View Post
                          Question:
                          Without the CG, where would Australia & NZ and Canada and other CG nations go in place of the CG??
                          They would go to the Oceania Area Championships.

                          Just like:

                          Nigeria and Ghana go to the African Championships
                          Jamaica and Bahamas go to Pan American Games
                          India and Malasia go to the Asian Championships
                          The UK and Malta go to European Championships

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                          • #14
                            The Commonwealth and by extension, the CWG, exist because it provides opportunities for free trips, self indulgence and socialising for the well connected sports administrators and government members. Oh, and a bit of old fashioned graft here and there.

                            I can't see it disappearing any time soon for those reasons but the CWG will certainly be rationalised in the same way the OG are with a focus on existing facilities and regional/multi-country bids.

                            This will probably mean fewer bids from less developed countries because the disappearance of all those opportunities for juicy construction funds to be redirected into politicaly aligned pockets.

                            In more developed countries like Australia that process is institutionalised and ongoing, rather than reliant on an international event, so it will have a much smaller impact.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ATK View Post
                              They would go to the Oceania Area Championships.

                              Just like:

                              Nigeria and Ghana go to the African Championships
                              Jamaica and Bahamas go to Pan American Games
                              India and Malasia go to the Asian Championships
                              The UK and Malta go to European Championships
                              With all due respect to Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa et al, the Oceania Area Champs would effectively be a dual meet with a few guests thrown in.

                              I was told about 25 few years ago that, at the Oceania Under 20 Champs, Australia fielded a team made up only of athletes from outside of its big 5 coastal cities while New Zealand's excluded anyone who'd already represented the country.

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